The Emerging Stars course, which was developed in 2015 on the initiative of Professor Ibrahim Mostafa, Program Director WEO’s Education Committee, aims to equip the most promising young doctors with the necessary skills to become future leaders in the field of endoscopy. The course helps the best talents in endoscopy to optimize their leadership abilities, i.e. people skills, time management, sound decision-making, professional expertise, and optimal technical skills. In order to give a thorough in-depth training, the course comprises three face-to-face training modules over the span of twelve to eighteen months. In 2015, the first class of 19 “Emerging Stars” in the field of endoscopy were selected from 60+ applicants from around the globe.

After the first two modules which were held in November 2015 in Munich and April 2016 in Chicago, the group convened for the third and final module March 11-19, 2017, in Cairo, Egypt. The participants enjoyed six days of intensive training, lectures and hands-on practice. Topics ranged from how to organize and perform a live course, to teaching and research, as well as social and negotiation skills, and contact with the media. Of course, there was also time for the group during the social program to enjoy the warm climate and ancient treasures of Egypt’s multifaceted capital city. As successful graduates, the participants will have been officially recognized as WEO Emerging Stars.

If you are interested in becoming a WEO Emerging Star yourself, we encourage you to apply for the second WEO Emerging Stars Course II, 2017 / 2019! Applications are now open – to learn more about the eligibility criteria and the application process, please visit: